14 tricks on the Mac that you probably do not know

Our Mac has several hidden “secrets” that we often do not know. Over time, we end up finding some of them, but the truth is that many remain to be discovered even after years and years of using an Apple computer. However, we here at Apptuts decided to look for some of the best tips for Mac and we summarize them all in this article. We’ve put together several tricks, from simple ways to capture the screen through strategies to navigate your Mac faster.

  1. Capture image faster

Normally, when we want to capture an image we end up capturing some elements that are not useful. In these situations, the best option is to use print screen only for a portion of the Mac screen. To do this, you need to press 3 keys at the same time: Command + Shift + 4. After doing this, see how a crosshair appears on your mouse. Then just fill the space with the mouse and drop, as shown in the image below.

When you drop, the Mac will directly download that image to your Desktop.

  1. Raising Your Dock

If you want to see your Dock, just press the Command + alt + D keys at the same time. This will make it “fixed” on your desktop. When you want to remove it, just follow the same process.

  1. Fast switching between apps

As with Windows, on Mac you can also quickly switch between open apps using the Command + Tab shortcut. With Tab, you can “travel” between the various apps. If you want to close the selected app, just keep Command + Tab and click on the “Q”. If you want to minimize, change the “Q” to “H”.

  1. Fast switching between Apps

There is another way for you to switch between the various apps on your Mac. To do this, simply press the Mac’s F3 key as the various open apps will appear on your desktop. Here’s how it looks in the image below: To select the app you want to use, just click on the corresponding window. To end the process, click on the app or press F3 again.

  1. Use Spotlight as a calculator

Many Mac users do not know, but Spotlight lets you do math calculations without having to use the Mac calculator. Just open the spotlight and then do your own thing. In the image below, we show in practice how you can do it:

  1. Group all elements in a single folder

I confess that I discovered this option a short time ago but it has been extremely useful! On the Mac, you can group multiple elements in a single folder with just a few clicks. In fact, you only have to follow 2 steps. The first is to select all the elements, as shown below.

Then click the right mouse button and go to the “New folder with selection” option.

Once you click on it, all the elements you have selected will become a new folder! Now, all you need to do is change the name of this folder and everything will be organized on your Mac.

  1. Delete files faster

Deleting files faster is very simple. Just select the file and then click the Command + delete keys and the file goes directly to your Mac’s recycle bin.

  1. Burn your Mac screen

There are many applications to record the screen of your Mac, however, many users forget that the QuickTime Player itself (which comes integrated with the Mac) allows you to make this recording of the screen! To do this, first open the QuickTime Player application and then go to the top menu where it says “New Screen Recording”

Then just click the red button.

Before you start recording, the app still asks whether you want to record the entire screen or whether you want to record only a portion of the screen. To record only one part, you have to drag the mouse.

From there, an icon will appear on your Mac toolbar indicating that you are recording.

  1. Remove the formatting

When you copy something to an email or even to the Mac Text Editor, your sentences often come with the above formatting, right? Well, there is a very quick way to solve this problem. Copy the text to a text editor, for example. Then select and press the command + alt + shift keys. With these buttons pressed, click the “V” key. Did you see how all the formatting disappeared?

After copying the text, select all and then press the command + alt + shift keys followed by the V key.

  1. Use the dictionary faster

Do not know the meaning of a word? The Mac dictionary can be a great help. To use it quickly, just select the word and then click on the buttons + command + D.

  1. Merge all open windows

Opening multiple windows at the same time is commonplace in the day-to-day life of someone who spends several hours a day in front of the computer. Closing all these windows is usually a task that always takes a few seconds. Or rather, it was. On the Mac, there is the option to merge all windows into one with just a single click. Go to one of these windows and then move the mouse to the top menu, rather in the “Window” option. Then choose the group all windows option.

  1. Eliminate all your interruptions

Sometimes we need more focus when we’re on the Mac. And it was to think of this that Apple has created the option to stop notifications for a set period of time. To do this, you must first go to the notifications menu.

  1. Gradually increase and decrease your volume

The Volume Up and Down options on the Mac keyboard are great, but if you’re a little picky about what you’re listening to, you’ve certainly wanted to be more effective at volume changes. In this case, I have good news for you: there is a shortcut that will allow you to control your volume even more!

Just press Alt + Shift + the volume button (to increase or decrease) and you will see how the volume changes happen much more gradually!

  1. Press Space to view your files.

Want to see something quickly without having to open the file? Simple: press the space key with the selected file.